Sessional Lecturer of Spanish

Office Hours:
SPAN 101-117: T & TH 14:00 in Buch D317
SPAN 201-106: M & W 16:00 in Buch B209
Or by appointment

María Adelaida Escobar is originally from Colombia where she initially studied Philosophy and Literature to then pursue her studies in English and Hispanic Literature and Cultures. Her main interests are transcultural interactions, identity and gender dialogues in and between the cultures of Spain and Latin America. She specializes in modern –Francoist– and contemporary Spanish literature and culture and transatlantic cinema.  In her current research she is exploring the relationship between mothers and daughters, with focus on the transmission of personal and historic memories, in Spanish and Latin America women’s filmmakers and writers. Parallel to this, she is also investigating how Hispanic women film directors use visual and performance arts in their films in order to counter hegemonic elaborations of normativity.


  • Transcultural interactions between Spain and Latin America
  • Modern and contemporary Spanish literature and culture
  • Contemporary Spanish and Latin American women film makers
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Francoist history and culture
  • Gender identity and gender transcultural dialogues


  • 2009, 2011, 2012 McCall MacBain Fellowship in Arts, McGill University.
  • 2011-2012 McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University.
  • 2011 Frank & Judith Kunz Fellowship in the Humanities, McGill University.
  • 2010 McGill Principal’s Graduate Fellowship, McGill University.
  • 2010 McGill, Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, McGill University.


“El simulacro teatral en el cine español: Los farsantes (1963) de Mario Camus.” Studies in Hispanic and Latin American Cinemas (submitted).

“El teatro como antídoto contra la opresión en Cómicos  (1953) de Juan Antonio Bardem.” Hecho Teatral 15 (2015): 109-130.

“De alimento a poesía: la identidad cubana en Paradiso de José Lezama Lima.” Perífrasis Revista de Literatura, Teoría y Crítica 5.3 (2012): 65-80.

“A las doce pasa el muerto.” Yesca y Pedernal 2.5 (2003): 7-13.

Winter 2019

SPAN101 Beginners' Spanish I Sections

Fundamentals of the Spanish language. Communicate with basic vocabulary in common tasks and situations related to present and future events. Aligned with CEFR level A1 objectives.

Winter 2019

SPAN201 Elementary Spanish I Sections

Expansion of fundamentals. Enhanced ability to exchange information, discuss the past and future, and express wishes, hopes and feelings in common personal and social contexts. Aligned with CEFR level A1-A2 objectives.

Winter 2019

SPAN202 Elementary Spanish II Sections

Expansion of fundamental notions and presentation of more elaborate structures in a variety of tenses and modes. Communicate to explore Hispanic culture and to hypothesize about present and past situations. Aligned with CEFR level A2 objectives.

Winter 2019

SPAN302 Intermediate Spanish II Sections

Expansion of and reflection on the use of complex grammatical structures in context to broaden lexical repertoire. Enhances proficiency through reading, writing, and discussion of relevant cultural topics. Aligned with CEFR level B1 objectives.